BLM extends comment period for proposed oil pipeline

The Bureau of Land Management is giving the public more time to comment on a proposed pipeline that would be capable of moving 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is giving the public more time to comment on a proposed pipeline that would be capable of moving 50,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

The project by Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC would be made up of smaller pipelines that would gather oil at well pads and other points. A larger pipeline would then move the oil south to a distribution center near Interstate 40 in western New Mexico.

Experts say the San Juan Basin is on the verge of a shale-oil boom and the pipeline would ensure the oil developed as a result gets to market.

Environmentalists worry that the pipeline would open the door to at least a five-fold increase in production in the basin.

The comment period will end Jan. 30.

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